Mar 3, 2015, 6:48 PM EDT
CAA BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Charley Gould, William & Mary
Jr., 1B, Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest
Gould batted . 545 (6-for-11) with two homers, nine RBI and three runs scored as William & Mary swept a three-game series from Northern Kentucky. The junior first baseman went 2-for-4 with a grand slam as the Tribe won the opener 9-3 on Friday and was 3-for-5 with four RBI, including a game-winning homer in the 10th, as W&M posted a 6-4 triumph in the opener of Saturday’s doubleheader. He went 1-for-2, walked twice and drove in another run in the series finale. Gould is batting .476 for the season.
CAA BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Taylor Clarke, College of Charleston
Jr., RHP, Ashburn, Va./Broad Run
Clarke scattered five hits over 8.0 shutout innings and struck out a career-high 11 batters to earn the win in College of Charleston’s 4-2 victory over Indiana last Friday. The junior right-hander retired the leadoff batter in all eight frames and didn’t issue a walk while improving to 2-0 on the season.
CAA BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Aaron Hoover, James Madison
Jr., LHP, Centreville, Va./Westfield
Hoover allowed only two hits and one unearned run over 8.0 innings to earn his first victory of the year in JMU’s 7-2 triumph over Quinnipiac last Friday. The junior left-hander, who struck out eight and walked two, gave up a double in the second inning and didn’t allow another hit until a single in the eighth.
CAA BASEBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Maxwell Burt, Northeastern
Fr., INF, North Andover, Mass./St. John’s Prep
Burt batted .462 (6-for-13) with a double, four runs scored and a pair of stolen bases in Northeastern’s 2-2 week. The freshman infielder was 3-for-3 and scored twice in a 10-6 victory over Chicago State and followed by going 2-for-4 with two runs scored as the Huskies rolled past Mount St. Mary’s 15-1. For the season, Burt is hitting .289.
COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON (5-3)
The Cougars split a pair of games with Indiana, winning the opener, 4-2, before falling 15-1 on Saturday. Junior Taylor Clarke improved to 2-0 after limiting the Hoosiers to five hits over 8.0 shutout innings and striking out a career-high 11 batters. Blake Butler was 1-for-2 with two walks, two runs scored and an RBI in the win over IU. Nick Pappas, Morgan Phillips and Champ Rowland have reached base successfully in all eight games. Five different players have accounted for the Cougars’ six home runs. All three of CofC’s losses have come against teams ranked or receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches poll.
The Blue Hens dropped two of three last week, falling to George Mason (12-4) and NJIT (5-2) before closing the weekend with a 5-1 victory over Canisius. Freshman pitcher Ron Marinaccio earned the win in his first collegiate start against Canisius after allowing five hits and no earned runs over 6.2 innings. Nick Liggett went 2-for-3 in the victory and Doug Trimble had a clutch two-run double in the sixth that put the Blue Hens on top. Trimble is batting .571 for the season.
The Phoenix went 1-1 last week, defeating UNCG 7-3 before suffering a 12-1 setback at Campbell. Pitcher Matt Harris limited the Spartans to two runs on four hits over 6.0 innings and he tied a career high with eight strikeouts in his first start of the year. Austin Leeney was 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI, Chris King went 2-for-4 and scored a run and Casey Jones drove in two runs. Leeney raised his team-leading batting average to .444.
The Pride had its scheduled three-game series with VMI wiped out because of snow. Hofstra will return to action this week with back-to-back doubleheaders against Albany, which have been moved to Durham Athletic Park in Durham, N.C. because of field conditions. Steven Foster tops Hofstra with a .393 batting average this season and David Leiderman is hitting .367.
JAMES MADISON (4-4)
The Dukes went 2-3 last week, losing 6-5 to Longwood before splitting a four-game series with Quinnipiac. Lefty Aaron Hoover earned the win against QU on Friday, limiting them to two hits and an unearned run over 8.0 innings while striking out eight. Offensively, sophomore Ky Parrott batted .500 (7-14) with a triple, homer, four RBI and three runs scored. He was 2-for-2 with a home run and three walks in Sunday’s 9-6 triumph over QU. Freshman Kyle McPherson hit .333 (5-15) for the week with a homer and three RBI. He also had three sacrifice bunts and stole a base.
The Seahawks dropped three games by a total of four runs at nationally ranked Florida State. Catcher Gavin Stupienski batted .545 (6-11) in the series. In Sunday’s 9-8 setback, he was 4-for-5 with his first collegiate homer and four runs scored. Infielder Terence Connelly hit .455 (5-11) with two doubles, two runs scored and a stolen base. Freshman Justin Crump threw 3.2 innings of three-hit, shutout baseball on Sunday. He hasn’t allowed a run over 5.2 innings in three appearances and has six strikeouts. Rookie Austin Magestro suffered the loss in the opener but fanned six in 3.1 frames. UNCW opens a 13-game homestand this week.
The Huskies split four games at the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Fla., rebounding from close losses to Kansas and Kentucky with victories over Chicago State and Mount St. Mary’s. Junior Michael Foster batted .538 (7-13) with two triples, four RBI and seven runs scored. He recorded three multi-hit games and raised his team-leading batting average to .515 for the season. Rob Fonseca had nine combined RBI’s in the victories over CSU and MSM. Freshman Maxwell Burt hit .462 last week and scored four times. NU has had double-digit hits in its past five games. On the mound, Dustin Hunt limited Kentucky to two earned runs over 5.0 innings and struck out nine. Isaac Lippert didn’t allow a hit over the final three innings against MSM to pick up a save.
The Tigers lost a pair of one-run games to Marshall and also fell twice to Wake Forest last weekend in Winston-Salem, N.C. Brady Policelli went 2-for-5 with a double, triple, two runs scored and three RBI in Sunday’s 15-8 setback to WFU. He’s hitting a team-best .286 for the season. Peter Bowles was 2-for-5 with a oair of RBI in a 7-6 setback to Marshall. On the mound, Austin Clark and Matt Golczewski combined to limit Marshall to five hits and one earned run, but came out on the short end of a 2-1 setback.
WILLIAM & MARY (4-2)
The Tribe swept a three-game series from Northern Kentucky in Emerson, Ga. last weekend, which included a pair of extra-inning victories. Junior Charley Gould batted .545 (6-11) with two homers and nine RBI in the series. He belted a grand slam in Saturday’s 9-3 victory and then smacked a game-winning homer in the 10th in Sunday’s 6-4 triumph. He’s hitting .476 with 11 RBI for the season. Ryan Hissey and freshman Ryan Hall also went deep in the series. Freshman Cullen Large batted .333 over the three games and drove in three, including a walk-off single in the finale. On the mound, lefty Jason Inghram allowed six hits and three runs over 7.2 innings in the opener to even his record at 1-1. The Tribe bullpen gave up just one run in 7.1 innings of work in the series.
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